Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sauces Made from Scratch

I promised you some tasty sauces that you can make yourself and got a little side tracked but here just a little late.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
6 oz can pineapple chunks (save juice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce ( if watching your salt get low - sodium soy sauce)
2 TBLS cornstarch
Drain the juice from the pineapple into a small saucepan. Combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch in the saucepan.
Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. It will thinken as it boils.
Add the pineapple chunks, and stir for a minute or two until the fruit is heated.
Per Serving
Serving Size 1/3 cup
Calories 98
Fat 0
Sodium 212 mg
Teriyaki Sauce
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbls cornstarch
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of water with cornstarch
Combine honey, 1/4 cup water, soy sauce, vinegar, onion and ginger powders in a saucepan and whisk together.
Add the cornstarch mix while constantly stirring.
Heat the mixture to a boil and boil for 1 - 3 minutes. It will thicken as it boils.
Store in a covered container in the fridge it will keep for several months.
Per Serving
Serving size 1/4 cup
Calories: 101
Fat: 0
Sodium: 432 mg
Pesto sauce
2 Cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 Cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Wash the basil leaves and remove and compost the stems. ( I suppose you can throw them away if you don't compost shame shame shame LOL)
Put basil in a blender or food processor then add all the other ingredients. Blend until the sauce is creamy and well blended. Use or Cover and store in Fridge.
Per Serving
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 191
Fat: 20 grams
Sodium: 180 mg

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